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Clarifying the “Gig” Economy and its Impact on Workforce Statistics

Although the number of people engaged in self-employment continues to rise, the long-range implications of this trend may not be correctly assessed in many popular media accounts. Lawrence Mishel, Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute points out in a post today on that “most of the growth is activity for supplementary incomes.” With government reporting and media pundits focusing predominantly on headcount rather than on any shift in primary employment of these “gig” workers, the reading public may be receiving a misleading account of what’s happening in the workforce and the economy in general, Mishel opines. Read his post here…


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